Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Mesut Ozil named in Arsenal squad for Singapore tour

Mesut Ozil named in Arsenal squad for Singapore tour

Ozil, 29, won the World Cup with Germany four years ago, but was also part of Joachim Low's squad which failed to progress from the group stages of the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation.

But Thomas Bareiss, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, said it showed "disrespect" and was "misplaced", while German daily Bild said Ozil was "revelling in the victim role that has nothing to do with reality".

The midfielder brought his global career to an abrupt over the weekend, citing what he called "racism and disrespect" for his Turkish roots and claiming he had been made a scapegoat for the team's World Cup failures after a controversial meeting with Turkish leader Erdogan in May.

However, the DFB felt the photo of Ozil, who was pictured along with Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan, had "raised questions for many people in Germany" and that "it was important to us that he explained it".

German football chiefs have yet to respond to Ozil's claims.

He has 92 caps and has been voted the national team's player of the year five times since 2011 by fans.

Ozil was part of the German team that suffered an embarrassing exit at the recent Fifa World Cup.

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Ozil's agent criticised Hoeness for sidestepping the Ozil's reasons for leaving Germany, but Matthaus, when asked if the German federation has a racism problem, made his opinion clear.

The picture led to criticism of Ozil in Germany.

Leon Goretzka, 23, Lars Stindl, 29, and Thomas Mueller, 28, have also played well for Germany in the attacking midfield role.

And Ozil questions in his statement why other dual-heritage team-mates have not been subjected to the same treatment.

"For many years, the DFB has been heavily involved in integration work in Germany", the statement said.

Arsenal confirmed that Iwobi was one of three first team players that travelled with the squad from London to Singapore on Sunday. However he said the matter had been allowed to drag on much too long and had been poorly managed.

And the country's sports minister, Mehmet Kasapoglu, said the player had taken an "honourable stance".

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